Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Save v Splurge : Beauty for Broke Girls

I have a job, so I'm not really COMPLETELY broke. But after paying bills, getting groceries, and saving for the home I one day hope to own, there isn't much left in my budget for arguably my favorite thing in the whole world (if you don't count my family and lasagna), especially makeup of the luxury kind. 

Mac? YSL? Dior? Those names simultaneously make me drool and shutter. Drool because they are luxurious and beautiful; shutter because the prices of products made by such brands are sky high and my inner Chief Financial Officer (aka the lectures my father thinks went in one ear and out the other over the past 24 years) can't fathom spending that kind of money without serious prior saving and budgeting. 

So what is a product junkie to do? Find alternatives. I've done a lot of research on product dupes and how to find products that are essentially the same as more expensive variations. Today I am here to share my favorite frugal findings with you! I hope you enjoy :)

  • A favorite indulgence that smells like roses and acts as a setting spray and a mid-day pick-me-up

2. Sephora Supreme Cleansing Oil ($15 for 6.4 oz) v MAC Cleanse Off Oil ($30 for 5.0 oz)

  • This is my go-to product for removing a heavy face of makeup and stubborn waterproof mascara. Run a pump of the oil all over my face and see the makeup start to melt off. Add a bit of water to turn it into a lotion consistency. Rinse with warm water and follow up with a gentle cleanser.

  • Soft and Gentle is one of MAC's most popular products and for good reason! It is a BEAUTIFUL highlighter, but why use that when you can save nearly 80% by buying the Wet n Wild version instead?

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4. Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Pink ($5) v MAC Paint Pot in Painterly ($20) and Maybelline Color Tattoo in Just Beige v MAC Paint Pot in Soft Ochre
  • MAC paint pots are used by so many people as eye shadow primers and bases to even out skin tone on your eyelids and cover any veins that may show through to give your lids an even canvas to work on without causing your shadows to crease. Painterly and Soft Ochre are two of their most popular shades, but now Maybelline's limited edition matte collection of their popular color tattoos includes these two shades that are nearly identical to their more pricey counterpart. I use them on a daily basis and ADORE them! Cross your fingers and toesies that Maybelline adds them to their permanent line.
MAC’s Soft Ochre compared to Maybelline’s Just Beige
Mac Soft Ochre (Left) v Maybelline Just Beige (Right) : Photo Credit
MAC’s Painterly compared to Maybelline’s Nude Pink
MAC Painterly (Left) v Maybellien Nude Pink (right) : Photo credit

5. Pixi Corrector in Brightening Peach ($12 for 0.1 oz) v Bobbi Brown Corrector ($24 for 0.05oz)
  • Corrector is the one item I never ever leave the house without applying. Even if I leave having done NOTHING else...I'll at least put on some corrector under my eyes to cover my insanely dark circles. Bobbi Brown's version comes in more shades which is good for those with skin tones that the peach may not work with, but if the peach DOES work for you, I suggest going to Target and purchasing the Pixi brand and save yourself 50% AND get 50% more product in the pot.

  • Stila's shade in Kitten is its most popular and GORGEOUS, but you can save about 60% by running into the drugstore and picking up the wonderful L'Oreal Infallible in Iced Latte. Not only are the shades indentical, but the lasting power of the L'Oreal brand is top notch.
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So there you have it! Just a FEW of my favorite ways to get the nearly the same great makeup and a much more affordable price. Hope you've enjoyed! 

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Monday, November 4, 2013

Bridal Makeup Trial!

Oh hey, it's been awhile! A lot has been going on, and last weekend I did a trial run on my friend Jamie's wedding makeup. She is marrying her sweetheart at the end of November and we took our OTHER friend's wedding last weekend as an opportunity to test out some looks. I was so excited (and nervous) when she asked me to do her makeup for the big day.

Jamie doesn't normally wear much makeup, so she wanted it to look very natural. Since I'm not really a makeup artist, I asked her to just invest in a good foundation. the MAC counter we went! Originally, I wanted her to look into Makeup Forever HD foundation, but there is no retailer in sight in middle Georgia. After some good research, we went for MAC's Studio Fix Fluid foundation. The girl at the counter immediately matched Jamie's skin to the right shade, and I couldn't help but get myself a few things while we were there. 

Introducing my very first MAC products:

Brown Script

Naked Lunch

All That Glitters

Okay, so enough of me...let's get back to Jamie. On our first trial, we did some purples and lighter shades in the inner corners, but she felt it was still a little much for her. So for the next day, we went with all neutrals and the result was a very fresh face, exactly what she was looking for!

I'll make sure to update the first of December after her big day with the real pictures!! Look down  below for what I used on her. :)

Primer: Benefit Pore-fessional
Corrector: Pixi Brightening Peach
Foundation: MAC Studio Fix Fluid
Concealer/Brightener: Maybelline Dark Circle Eraser in Brightener
Setting Powder: Rimmel Stay Matte in Translucent 
Bronzer: ELF bronzer from the St. Lucia blush/bronzer duo
Blush: Benefit Hervana (we think we might go with Luminoso for the day of though)
Highlight: The Balm Mary Lou-manizer

Primer: Urban Decay Primer Potion
Transition shade: Makeup Geek's Peach Smoothie
All Over Lid shade: MAC's All That Glitters
Crease shade: Mahogany from the Sephora Primal Instincts Palette
Deepened up the bottom of the outer V with: Deep Burgandy from the Sephora Primal Instincts Palette
Brow bone and inner corner highlight: Venus from the Urban Decay Naked Basics palette
Eyeliner: Sephora retractable waterproof liner in Brown
Mascara: Benefit They're Real

Chella brow pencil in Dazzling Dark Brown

Lipstick: Revlon Colorstay in Socialite
Lipgloss: Khroma Honeystick in Wildflower Honey

Finishing spray: Urban Decay Deslick

PHEW! That's a lot of products for such a natural look!!
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